- Official bat rule changes take effect in 2018
- Opening Day is April 22nd!
- All Families will be expected to work at least 1 Game in the Snack Shack
A big THANK YOU to the Springfield Police and Fire Departments, the Township Committee, the SNJBL Board, All the Coaches and Volunteers, and to the Players and Families that made Opening Day a huge success!
We hope to continue to host fun events throughout the year and we are looking forward to a great baseball season!
2018 Bat Rule Changes
On January 1, 2018 USA Baseball will be implementing a rule change to the bats. If you are 14 years old or younger and play Little League®, Babe Ruth & Cal Ripken, PONY, Dixie or AABC, you will need to use a new bat marked with a new USA Baseball stamp.
The bats currently on the market, which are marked with a 1.15BPF stamp, will no longer be legal for play in these leagues. Additionally, beginning on January 1, 2018, under the new USA Baseball rule, all players 14 and under (not including Tee-Ball) will be able to use approved USA Baseball 2-5/8" barrels in Little League®, Babe Ruth & Cal Ripken, PONY, Dixie and AABC.
How will I know which bat to buy?
All new bats that bear the USABat licensing mark will be permissible for play in the leagues and tournaments of the participating youth baseball organizations.
When can I buy the new bat?
It is the intention of the bat manufacturers to make the new bats available in the fall of 2017, in sufficient time for the 2018 season.
Later this year, the SNJBL is planning to host a bat show where you'll be able to purchase a new certified bat at a discounted price. Check our website regularly for details.
Additional information can be found <HERE>
ATTENTION ALL VOLUNTEER COACHES
Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Certification and Fingerprinted Background Checks are required for ALL ON-FIELD COACHES AND ASSISTANTS. COACHES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICES OR GAMES WITHOUT THIS CERTIFICATION AND AN UPDATED BACKGROUND CHECK.
Refer to the 'Coach Information' link on left, or contact Adam Lieb (email@example.com) at the Springfield Recreation Department for more information.